*UCD Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 in School of Agriculture & Food Science



Position: UCD Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1 in School of Agriculture & Food Science
Project: An Evaluation of the Feasibility of High-milk Productivity Grazing Systems within a Restricted Land Holding Scenario
PI: Dr. Karina Pierce
Duration: 23 months


Position Summary
UCD is one of Irelands leading universities and UCD Lyons Farm, where this position will be based, is used extensively for teaching and research in the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. Post quota abolition, grass based systems will predominate in Ireland, but as land will be the main limiting resource, individual farmers will be required to expand on a limited land bank. The main aim of the research at UCD Lyons Farm for the initial 5-year period is to evaluate the feasibility of a high input/output grazing system within such a limited land holding scenario. The focus in such a system will be on maximising milk/milk solids output from the existing land holding which involves high output from individual cows and high stocking rates. This will occur most efficiently through mmaximising the use of grazed grass/home grown forage in the system and the strategic use of supplementation thereafter. The successful Post-Doctoral Fellow will work principally on this project collating and reporting data gathered from a 60-cow demonstration herd.

This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to oversee all day to day aspects of a research programme involving 60 high output grazing dairy cows including data collection and monitoring of herd performance, feeding , health and grazing management. The candidate will assist with relevant data collation, hosting of groups.

Salary: € 34,975 per annum


Principle Duties and Responsibilities
Take on the major responsibility for research completion concerned with your specific project

  • Engage with a small team of dedicated researchers on the progress of research
  • To actively research similar research work and bring innovative ideas to the research programme
  • Conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and direction of your Principal Investigator
  • Take on appropriate training if directed to do so
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which you are engaged as directed by and with the support of and under the supervision of your Principal Investigator
  • Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of your research group, School and Institute
  • Mentor and assist, as appropriate and as directed, the research graduate students in your group, School and Institute
  • Carry out administrative work associated with your programme of research



Selection Criteria
Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post. Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.


  • PhD in relevant animal science
  • A demonstrated commitment to research and publications
  • An understanding of the operational requirements for a successful research project
  • Evidence of research activity (publications, conference presentations, awards) and future scholarly output (working papers, research proposals, and ability to outline a research project
  • Excellent Communication Skills (Oral, Written, Presentation etc)
  • Excellent Organisational and Administrative skills including a proven ability to work to deadlines
  • Excellent project management, analytical, report writing and data analysis skills
  • An ability to collaborate with team members and postgraduate students to help build research knowledge and skill and to guide professional development
  • Demonstrated research and technical expertise in grass-based animal production



  • Experience of grass based dairy production systems
  • Experience in setting own research agenda
  • Experience in leading a research group
  • Evidence of innovation in previous research environment
  • Evidence of team work and collaboration with relevant partners

To apply or receive more information
Please contact karina.pierce@ucd.ie with a CV and cover letter outlining your interest in this project before 25th August 2017.



Updated: 4th January 2018 — 2:51 pm